eVTOL developer Lilium and CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co., Ltd (COHC), China’s sole helicopter port pilotage provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish an eVTOL network in China, starting with the Greater Bay Area.
As part of the agreement, Lilium and COHC will work together to develop services in the region based on market demand, and eventually offer regular eVTOL services. This will initially commence in the Greater Bay Area, with additional services planned across Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hainan Island, and Tianjin.
By combining COHC’s extensive experience in aviation services with Lilium’s innovative eVTOL technology, this partnership is poised to redefine regional air mobility in the People’s Republic of China. The news follows Lilium’s partnership with other suppliers in the China region, including an agreement with Heli-Eastern and an MoU with the Bao’an District of Shenzhen municipality.
A representative of COHC, said; “We’re looking forward to working with Lilium to build an eVTOL network in the Greater Bay Area and beyond. It’s important for our customers to be able to travel quickly, sustainably, and in premium comfort—and with Lilium, we’re excited to do just that.”
Klaus Roewe, Lilium CEO, commented; “The partnership highlights the shared aspirations of COHC and Lilium to create a sustainable and efficient aerial transportation system that addresses the growing demand for premium regional mobility solutions. China is expected to account for close to 25% of the eVTOL market and this announcement reaffirms our commitment to the region and desire to bring fast and sustainable travel to more people and to offer outstanding flight experiences for our customers.”